An Ice-Bridge at Niagara Falls occurs when the lower basin of water below the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Bridal, and American Falls is covered with ice. The Ice-Bridge often extends from the base of the falls to the Rainbow Bridge.
These Ice-Bridges have been around for decades. They occur when very cold weather (like we are having now) creates ice in the upper Niagara River and Lake Erie. When the first warm spell happens a strong south-west, wind pushes large chunks of ice down the river crashing below the falls plugging up the basin below the falls with large pieces of ice forming an Ice-Bridge. I’ll attach a photo or two of some of the more spectacular Ice-Bridges of the past.
At this writing, we do not have a partial Ice-Bridge because the water below the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is not yet covered with ice. However, the basin is 80 percent covered with ice. The spectacle is one not to be missed. Bring your camera or I-phone for this one.
In the late 19th hundreds and early 20th century, people were allowed to venture out onto this Ice-Bridge. Some even set up shacks on the ice to sell souvenirs and liquor. That all ended when in February 1912 three people lost their lives when the piece of ice they were standing on broke up throwing them into the chilly Niagara River. Since that time, it is illegal to venture onto the ice.